Airbus Lifts Lid on European MALE RPAS
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April 26, 2018 - Berlin - IHS Jane’s Defence by Gareth Jennings
A full-scale mock-up of the European medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) remotely piloted air system (RPAS) was unveiled for the first time at the ILA Airshow in Berlin on 26 April.
The European MALE RPAS (also referred to as the EuroMALE, although a final name has not yet been decided) was showcased by Germany and Spain's Airbus Defence and Space (DS), which is developing the platform alongside France's Dassault Aviation and Italy's Leonardo.
Slightly larger in size than the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper, the European MALE RPAS features a twin pusher-propeller configuration that is necessary for the unmanned aircraft to safely operate in commercial airspace. The model on display was shown with a single electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensor.
Speaking to reporters at the unveiling, the CEOs of the three participating companies reaffirmed their total commitment to the project while answering questions as to the configuration and future plans for the European MALE RPAS.